If you’re feeling under the weather, or are feeling sick and tired, today’s project is just what the doctor ordered to make you feel better – guaranteed! 🙂
Here’s the back story on it though…
Last week I was brainstorming some ideas for my next stencil design, so I looked back at all the antique graphics I’ve shared in the past, to see if any of them would give me some ideas. One that caught my eye was an 1800’s drug store receipt.
I knew I’d found my inspiration, so I set to work designing the stencil, with some help from my son who tweaked the font I wanted to use. I ran some test cuts to make sure I liked it, and was ready to proceed.
If I wasn’t already convinced about the design, The very next day, my blogging buddy Bliss shared THE most amazing IKEA hack I’ve ever seen.
Feast your eyes on the Apothecary Cabinet she created from the most basic, boring wood dresser in the world. She is crazy talented! By the way, you can vote for her cabinet in a contest she is in HERE – Please VOTE! 🙂
I oohed, and aahhed, and told her how much I adored it, and she responded back something like, “do I see an apothecary sign in your future?”
I don’t know if I read her mind, or she read mine, but little did she know, I was starting work on it!
I always make an inspiration project when I introduce a new stencil design, but there wasn’t even the slightest chance that I was going to attempt something like her cabinet. That’s WAY out of my skill set!
I did want to use the sign on something useful though, and I decided on a display shelf for my collection of apothecary bottles. That was way more doable!
I stenciled the beadboard, then I tried to decide what I wanted to do with the frame.
The decision was harder than I thought it would be! On the back side of the frame, I tried light gray paint, I tried dark gray paint, I tried white paint, and none of them looked right.
I flipped the frame over, and tried dark stain, but I just still wasn’t crazy about how it looked, then I remembered how I’d done the frame on the rustic farmhouse frame, and decided to do the same thing on this one.
I did a shabby layer of white paint over the dark stain, and was relieved that I liked it, because I was out of ideas!
The frame got attached to the sign, and a salvaged piece of old wood was added at the bottom for a shelf, and tada – an apothecary sign shelf!
The Apothecary Stencil is available in my shop HERE.
The Apothecary Sign Shelf shown above is available HERE
PLEASE be sure to vote for Bliss’s apothecary cabinet HERE!
Here are two more amazing apothecary-inspired projects I know you’ll love. This apothecary cabinet is by 4 the Love of Wood.
And this one is by The Olde Farmhouse on Windmill Hill.